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Taltree Arboretum & Gardens’ Haunted Railroad & Fall Festival begins October 1

Posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2014 in Activities, Events, Holiday, News, Taltree Arboretum

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens’ Haunted Railroad & Fall Festival begins October 1

Valparaiso, IN – Go to Taltree Arboretum & Gardens October 1 through 31, 2014 for a spooky good time to celebrate the fall season. The Haunted Railroad & Fall Festival, a family-friendly event, features a haunted railway garden of ghost conductors, skeleton passengers, spiders and haunted houses. Every weekend, guests can enjoy Sprout Express rides, … Continued

Explore National Lakeshore with Passport to the Dunes

Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014 in Activities, Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Indiana Dunes, Nature, News, Recreation

Explore National Lakeshore with Passport to the Dunes

INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Discover some of the hidden treasures of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore through a new Passport to the Dunes program. With so many different access points, it can be difficult to find all of this national park’s special places. The passport helps guide visitors on an adventure of discovery to nine park … Continued

Hiking two trails at Indiana Dunes State Park

Posted on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 in Activities, Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Indiana Dunes, Nature

Hiking two trails at Indiana Dunes State Park

By Lindsey Casbon, Indiana Dunes Tourism What could be better than climbing a giant sand dune? Climbing three giant sand dunes! The 3 Dune Challenge takes the three tallest sand dunes at Indiana Dunes State Park and turns it into a 1.5-mile hiking challenge. When I heard the challenge was only 1.5 miles, I thought … Continued

The day I conquered The 3 Dune Challenge

Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 in Activities, Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Indiana Dunes, Nature, News, Recreation

The day I conquered The 3 Dune Challenge

I had to complete The 3 Dune Challenge. My job depended on it. I would be in big trouble if I couldn’t tackle the 1.5 mile course at Indiana Dunes State Park, climbing Mount Jackson (elevation 176 feet), Mount Holden (184 feet), and Mount Tom (192 feet). These are the three highest sand dunes in … Continued

Do you think you can handle The 3 Dune Challenge?

Posted on Friday, June 13th, 2014 in Activities, Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Indiana Dunes, News

Do you think you can handle The 3 Dune Challenge?

Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you have what it takes to climb the three highest sand dunes in Indiana? If so, The 3 Dune Challenge is for you. To complete The 3 Dune Challenge, a person must run or hike a special 1.5 mile course at Indiana Dunes State Park, climbing Mount … Continued

Music, and more music!

Posted on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 in Activities, Events, News, Uncategorized

There are some awesome concerts planned for later this week and this summer that we are excited to tell you about. But first, Valparaiso was fortunate to have the U.S. Air Force Concert Band and the Singing Sergeants in town on Monday. Indiana Dunes Tourism met a busload of musicians in downtown during the afternoon, providing … Continued

Indiana Dunes State Park plans fun events in April

Posted on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 in Activities, Events, Uncategorized

Indiana Dunes State Park plans fun events in April

Spring is here!  It may not feel like it completely, but Indiana Dunes State Park invites people to step away from their busy schedules to enjoy great events in the Indiana Dunes. Here’s a glimpse of some of the upcoming events: – On Saturday, April 5, meet at the main park entrance parking lot for … Continued

Ideas for spring break – and the upcoming summer

Posted on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 in Activities, Dining, News, Uncategorized

Ideas for spring break – and the upcoming summer

By Ken Kosky Looking for spring break fun or want to get a head start on ideas for summer fun? There’s plenty to do at the Indiana Dunes and the surrounding communities – like Chesterton, Portage and Valparaiso. Kids can become Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Junior Rangers by stopping by the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, located … Continued

Birding webpage launched to make birdwatching more rewarding in Indiana Dunes Country

Posted on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 in Activities, News

Birding webpage launched to make birdwatching more rewarding in Indiana Dunes Country

By Ken Kosky The Indiana Dunes region is one of the best spots in the Midwest for birdwatching, and spring is the time of year when birders are rewarded with the biggest variety and quantity of birds. To kick off the peak spring birding season, Indiana Dunes Tourism has launched a special birding webpage which features a … Continued

Last chance to attend shelf ice viewing and guess when the snow mound will melt

Posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 in Activities, Events

Last chance to attend shelf ice viewing and guess when the snow mound will melt

There’s still time to view the beautiful shelf ice along Lake Michigan at Indiana Dunes State Park. It’s a chance to see an Arctic environment without having to leave the area. People are invited to walk along the shore and view the shelf ice for themselves (just don’t walk on the shelf ice because it’s … Continued

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